New Delhi: The troops of ITBP, guarding the
country`s icy frontier with China, have re-chartered an
ancient route to the holy Kailash Mansarovar on the Indian
side which can be used an as alternative track for the
The route stretching nearly 60 kms is said to have been
used by pilgrims in ancient times and would be used and
developed as an alternative track when the regular route is
blocked by landslides and heavy rains in the upper reaches of
The Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) provides security
and logistical help to the pilgrims during Mansarovar yatra.
The troops stationed in Pithoragarh district had
undertaken the trek. The ITBP has also suggested that
Uttarakhand government declare the route as a heritage site
and develop it as a second track for Kailash Mansarovar yatra
"Our officers and men have undertaken the trek and
have even made a profile of the local population. The route
can be used as an alternative in case of natural disasters
like landslides and other such eventualities," ITBP chief R K
Bhatia told reporters here.
The personnel also collected historical maps, records,
letters and photos during their trek and the journey has been
now compiled and brought out as a book titled "Kumaon Aur
Kailas" which was unveiled today in the presence of 50
pilgrims who will undertake the yatra this year in the 4th
The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra involves circumambulation
of Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake in Tibet.
The yatra, this year, started on May 29 and will be
over by September 24 with approximately 960 people undertaking
The journey involves trekking inhospitable terrain at
high altitudes upto almost 19,500 feet and pilgrims cross
the Indian border at Lipulekh Pass.
The present route of the yatra on the Indian side
includes Dharchula, Tavaghat,Mangti, Gala, Budhi, Gunji,
Kalapani and Navidhang.
Hospital for Amarnath pilgrims
A 40-bed temporary hospital is
being set up at this base camp equipped with all the
equipments and adequate medicare facilities for the pilgrims
during Amarnath Yatra scheduled to commence from next month.
In addition, 30 doctors, 4 lady doctors, 6 specialists and
150 paramedical staff would be deployed at different halting
stations from Pandach to the Holy Cave while 7 ambulances
would remain stationed at Baltal, officials said today.